G. Scott Hubbard is a consulting Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he focuses on planetary exploration, especially Mars, and also serves as the Director of the Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. He is Editor-in-Chief of “New Space” devoted to the emerging entrepreneurial space industry and also serves as Chair of the SpaceX Commercial Crew Safety Advisory Panel. Prior to his current role, Hubbard held several positions with NASA, including Director of Ames Research Center, the sole NASA representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, and NASA’s first Mars program director. Hubbard’s award winning book entitled, “Exploring Mars: Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery”, describes his work on NASA’s Mars Program. He has received seven NASA medals including NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Presidential Meritorious Achievement Award. Hubbard received his undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy from Vanderbilt University, and his graduate degree in Solid State and Semiconductor Physics from University of California at Berkeley.